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A One Gun Hunter

SCI Member John M. writes in:

“The rifle that I have used for the past six years is a Kimber Classic 84M in .308 Win. caliber.  It is topped with a 2-7X Leupold VX-2 scope with a Duplex reticle.  It is light with a great trigger and it shoots 1 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards where it’s sighted in 2 inches high.

“I cut out my groups from shooting off of the bench, and rarely the three shots will touch.  I know that the rifle will shoot much better groups, but I am not able to do it.  Most of the time, I shoot off of a mat or sitting.  I do not need another centerfire rifle.

“In the past six years, this rifle has killed three moose with 180-grain Federal Nosler Partition bullets, and three deer with Fusion 150-grain bullets.  The rifle has been on horses and I have carried it and it has been dropped.  Unless I purchase a third .22, this rifle may be my last.”


SCI Member Favors Weatherby

SCI Member Collins K. is 79 years old, has hunted extensively in North America and has taken a number of hunting trips to Africa. He writes:

“I shoot various rifles for North American hunting, but two of my favorites are the .257 Wby. Mag. in a Weatherby Mark V Ultralight and a .340 Wby. Mag. by Ultra Light Arms.

“I handload all of my ammo. In the .257 I use 100-grain Nosler Partitions, IMR 4831 and Federal 215 GM Match primers for a muzzle velocity of 3,740 fps.

“The .340 I load with 185-grain Barnes X-Bullets ahead of IMR 4350 powder with Federal 215 GM Match primers. It clocks 3,330 fps at the muzzle. Both loads are safe in my rifles, do not show any signs of pressure and both rifles shoot 1/2 inch three-shot groups at 100 yards from the bench and sometimes better.

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“With my African rifles, when hunting dangerous game, I have taken a number of Cape buffalo with .460 Wby. Mag., .458 Win. Mag., .378 Wby. Mag and .375 H&H, but my favorite is a Winchester Pre-’64 Model 70 Super Grade in .375 H&H. In fact, on one occasion I took a very nice bull at a touch under 200 yards with one shot.  He went only 50 yards after he was hit.

“My .375 H&H load uses a 260-grain Nosler Partition ahead of Win. 760 powder with a Federal 215 GM Match primer. The rifle clocks 2,750 fps at the muzzle and shoots one-inch or better three-shot groups at 100 yards from the bench.

“My African plains game rifle is a Weatherby Mark V Accumark in .30-378 Wby. Mag.  I have taken lion, leopard, eland, kudu and a pile of plains game with this rifle.  My load is a 180-grain Barnes X-Bullet ahead of IMR 7828 powder with a Federal 215 GM Match primer. Muzzle velocity is 3,320 fps and it prints 3/4 inch three-shot groups or better at 100 yards.

“Mounted on the two North American rifles mentioned above I have a Swarovski 4-12X on the .257 and a Leupold 3.5-10X on the .340.  On the .375 H&H I put a 1.5-5X Leupold in QD mounts, and on the .30-378 I use a Swarovski 3-12X scope.

“All of the Weatherby calibers are fitted with synthetic stocks, which are great for their lack of warping and their lighter weight.  However, the Pre-’64 Winchester Model 70 has its original fine wood stock that over the years has never failed in changing point of impact.”


Bill C.’s Favorite is a .300 RUM

Bill C. wrote in with an impressive list of rifles he uses, but if he had to narrow it down to just one as his “go-to” gun, it would be his Remington Model 700 LH LSS in .300 RUM. Bill writes:

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“That rifle has never failed to deliver what I asked it to do.  If I were a better rifleman, I would, perhaps, step up to a Model 700 in .300 Win. Mag. My Remington Model 700 in .300 RUM has demonstrated for me accuracy and killing ability out to ranges of 350 yards.  I would not feel as confident with a .30-’06 at that range with a 180-grain bullet.  I am sure there are riflemen who could far exceed my capabilities with the .30-’06 at those ranges, but the .300 RUM gives me the confidence of a clean kill vs. a long search for wounded game and a possible loss of a wounded animal.

“If I were to choose one bullet, it would be the Barnes Triple-Shock, or one of the improved tipped X-type bullets.  If I needed less penetration, the Nosler AccuBond or Partition would be my choice.

“Leupold makes the best reasonably priced scopes.  Ammunition makers are all good so long as they are made in the USA and they use new brass.  Norma, RWS and Sellier & Bellot approach or exceed the US standards, though I have had problems extracting Sellier & Bellot .308 Win. cartridges due to case over-expansion after firing.”